Using a first-half brace from Lewis Morgan, Inter Miami was able to take home their second victory over Atlanta United, 2-1.
Here are the key moments from Miami’s second win in club history.
Another wasted early Pizarro chance:
Forward Robbie Robinson made his presence felt early, getting behind the defense and creating an opportunity for Miami. Robinson and Rodolfo Pizarro found themselves in a 2 v. 1 situation, as the No. 1 pick played the ball off to Pizarro but his effort was saved by Atlanta’s Brad Guzan.
This has become a frustrating pattern in the last two matches. Looking at the silver lining, his shot was on target versus the last two attempts versus Nashville, which missed the mark completely.
Lewis Morgan’s first half brace:
Morgan put on his goal-scoring boots today and finally put in the ball in the back of the net for Miami, twice in the first half.
The first goal came from a counter-attack when it was Pizarro, Morgan and Robinson versus two Atlanta defenders. Pizarro laid the ball off to Morgan as he finished emphatically for Miami’s first goal since their Orlando City victory.
His second goal came after Ben Sweat found space on the left-hand side. Sweat played the ball to Morgan near the top of the box and once again found the back of the net and gave Miami the lead.
Defense’s miscues get Atlanta right back into it:
Inter Miami couldn’t hold onto their first lead in four matches for more than five minutes. Defender Andres Reyes looked like he got the ball stuck underneath his two feet and gave up a gift of a goal for the equalizer after Morgan’s first goal. Following Morgan’s second, centre-back Nicolas Figal gave away a penalty kick after he elbowed an Atlanta United player after Miami already won possession.
Thankfully, goalkeeper Luis Robles was up to the task of stopping the ensuing penalty kicks. He saved the first and Atlanta appeared to have leveled the score on the rebound, but it was ruled out because of encroachment. He went the other way on the next attempt and once again kept the ball out of the back of the net.
Ultimately, Figal was bailed out on what would have been a disastrous way to concede again.
After playing 80 minutes in his Inter Miami debut, Blaise Matuidi started his second game for the club off the bench. He did come on and play about 30 minutes, but the short turnaround between games, combined with him just recently coming back from summer break did not allow him to make back-to-back starts.
Hopefully, he returns to the starting line-up next time out on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against Orlando City.
Calmer second half:
After a hectic 20 minutes to close the first half, I guess anything would’ve been calmer than that. Neither side created any clear cut chances, as the defense held onto the lead.
Ironically, one stat that still annoys me when I see the national broadcast is that Inter Miami has been outscored in the last 30 minutes 6-0 so far this season.